Chopped and screwed also called screwed and chopped or slowed and throwed is a technique of remixing hip hop music which developed in the Houston hip hop scene in the early s by DJ Screw. The screwed technique involves slowing the tempo of a song down to 60 and 70 quarter-note beats per minute and applying techniques such as skipping beats, record scratching , stop-time , and affecting portions of the original composition to create a "chopped-up" version of the song. It is unknown when DJ Screw definitively created "screwed and chopped" music.
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Skip to Content. Like any artform, music is at its best when it refuses to stand still; rather extending branches from its foundations in perpetual exploration for something as yet undefined. Music is also a reflection of the environment in which it is created, and the heat in the densely populated US city of Houston suits a slower groove, its sounds markedly different than those of the East and West coasts. Davis extended that concept and applied it to hip-hop and soul productions, using two turntables to cut, or chop, back and forth between copies of the same record, one of which was always a full beat behind the other.
Chopped and screwed refers to a technique of remixing hip hop music which developed in the Houston hip hop scene in the s. This is accomplished by slowing the tempo and applying techniques such as skipping beats, record scratching , stop-time , and effecting portions of the music to make a "chopped-up" version of the original. DJ Screw began making mixtapes of Houston rappers' slowed-down music in the early s. Phasing, Flanging and echo effects were originally the result of the two records being played at millisecond intervals. Some Houston-area artists e. Willie D's Die, from the album I'm Goin' Out Lika Soldier, featured a slowed-down sample of Scarface's line "Balls and my word" from the feature film well before chopped and screwed gained more mainstream acceptance.
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